0 Comments Published on 3.22.2012 by Brian Harrison
Syracuse students agree: Syracuse needs to advance beyond the Sweet 16.
Syracuse has advanced out of the first weekend and have made it to another Sweet 16. Now in the friendlier confines of Boston, Syracuse has a shot to advance to their first Elite 8 since 2003. Wisconsin stands in the way of that however.
Syracuse is coming off a pretty good game from everyone against Kansas State. Scoop, while being a great leader in critical points of the games, and scoring and shooting well, has turned over the ball quite a bit. Something that Wisconsin really doesn't do much of. Syracuse will not get much in terms of transition offense and steals against Wisconsin. They take care of the ball. The game will really hinge on the abilities of the Wisconsin players knocking down outside shots. Jordan Taylor is the best offensive weapon for Wisconsin. He scores 14.7ppg but did struggle in their last game in shooting. However, you cannot count on that, he takes big shots, and the offense runs through him. Josh Gasser makes 45% from outside the arc, but was limited in shots his last game. The zone has been known to shut down big shooters this season, including in this tournament. Wisconsin will have to get it done inside if they want to find success, in that Taylor has to penetrate and dish. Additionally, limiting second chance points, a big theme all season, will have to occur at least sometime in this game. Wisconsin is a pretty good rebounding team and will likely limit Syracuse to only one shot per possession. Wisconsin will be playing MANTOMAN and this should allow Scoop to drive and dish, and also for Dion Waiters to get to the rim. James Southerland will find open looks and should continue his good shooting in the tournament. I didn't like our matchup with Kansas State but I do think the matchups favor the Orange in this one. I like Syracuse to advance to the Elite 8 to take on the winner of Ohio State / Cincinnati by 8.
Syracuse is playing tonight on CBS at 7:15pm and John and I will be in the building in person. Be sure to enter your entry for the prize packs here. Check us out on Twitter through both games tonight. It will be fun win or lose. And hopefully the sweetness will continue to elite status by 9:30.